As College Semesters End, Year End Festivals Pick Up

Before Utah college towns go ghost over the summer, several events are hoping to end the school year with a bang.

By Zach Collier

Provo, Utah’s population was 116,288 in 2013. According to Forbes, BYU’s number of undergraduate students is 27,765. [1] That’s nearly 24% of the city’s population. It’s well known that once winter semester ends in April, many of those undergrads either return home for the summer or leave on LDS missions, making a significant cut to the number of the people residing in the city proper.

This student population effect can be felt in Logan, Utah as well, with roughly 35% of their population of 48,174 attending Utah State University. [2]

Because of the diaspora that occurs at the end of every school year, many students feel a drive to have one last good time before they leave their friends behind. Major music events are held at the end of winter semester to capitalize on this: to celebrate the beginning of summer and maybe even convince a college student or two to stick around.

Logan City Limits Music Festival

This year, the Utah State University Student Association and Aggie Radio (92.3 FM KBLU) are hosting the 7th Annual Logan City Limits Music Festival. A free event for students and the public, this year’s festival is boasting an impressive lineup – including Provo acts The National Parks, VanLadyLove, Fictionist, Foreign Figures, Kitfox, John Allred, and Westward the Tide. Former Provo resident McKay Stevens will also be performing with his band The Federal Empire, and Tessa Barton of Luna Lune will be performing with her new project, Doe. Provo-turned-Las Vegas band BRUMBY is also on the lineup. Headlining the event are national up-and-comers Smallpools.

Performances will alternate between two stages with five-minute breaks between sets. The event is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 9th from 11:30AM to 10:30PM. The concert will be held in the the Stevenson Ballroom and the Sunburst Lounge on the second floor of the Taggart Student Center at Utah State University. 92.3 FM has been providing some stellar coverage of the event all week, interviewing each act and broadcasting their music. You can catch some of it in rotation online here.

The band Humphery performing at Rock The Canyon.

Rock the Canyon III

This year marks year three of the annual Rock the Canyon acoustic festival. Hosted by The Provo Living Room’s Nathan Garlock, David Brantley, and Cody Humpherys, Rock the Canyon is a free outdoor concert held at Rock Canyon Trailhead Park, right at the mouth of Rock Canyon in Provo. Jessica Frech, Festive People‘s John Lane, and Stuart Wheeler of Quiet House are all on the bill. The event is set to take place Monday, April 11 at 7:30PM. Warm clothes are recommended, as Rock Canyon can get chilly at night.

Goosenecks Music Festival

The first annual Goosenecks Music Festival will be taking place this August on the 19th and 20th in the small town of Torrey, Utah (population 179). The brainchild of Max Metcalf and Thomas Clawson, the festival plans to increase Torrey’s population by 44,000% in August. Only five minutes away from Capitol Reef National Park, it’s named after Goosenecks Canyon. “Our dream is to have music lovers from all over the state coming to escape for a weekend and explore music both new and familiar, but have them leave not only discovering rising musicians, but discovering the beauty that this area has to offer,” they told Reach Provo.

To prepare for the main festival, Goosenecks will be throwing a free campout concert tonight, April 8th. Admission is free and breakfast will be provided in the morning. Grey Glass, Brother., and The Solarists will be performing tonight. Find out more about the festival at

With first year festivals like Goosenecks, budding festivals like Rock the Canyon, and established festivals like Logan City Limits, Utah college students will have plenty of music events to choose from in the coming weeks.

[1] “Brigham Young University.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.
[2] “Fall Enrollment at USU Hits All-time Highs.” Utah State Today. Utah State University, 13 Oct. 2011. Web. 08 Apr. 2016.

2 replies on “As College Semesters End, Year End Festivals Pick Up”

[…] “With plans for a future, full-length album in the works and plenty of shows ahead of them, Doe’s debut provides listeners with the perfect sample of work for the future that is sure to come,” wrote The Oswegonian’s Riley Ackley. Since February, Doe has made appearances at several major music events in Utah, including the Bonanza Campout in Heber and USU’s Logan City Limits (more on that event here). […]


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